Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

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Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby Martin » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:42 pm

Hi all,

Lucea and I met up this afternoon and gave the darkroom a thorough clearing up. Everything should be ready to start running again except for one little problem - the door doesn't shut. The flooding has caused the wood near the floor, both in the door and the frame, to expand to the point where the door no longer fits.

So the darkroom's not dark, until we can sort this out. I think we should be able to just sand down the edge of the door near the bottom until it fits again. We also need to replace the curtains, which were ruined in the flood, that hung over the door to stop light getting in around the edges and along the bottom.

Let's organise another session soon to finish off the job and do some test printing.


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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby pete murray » Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:39 pm

Hi Martin,
Been busy lately, so i did'nt get a chance to read the BB. I can come along on Thursday to meet up and have a look at the darkroom,would that suit you or is another day better

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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby Martin » Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:43 pm

I'm busy the next few days - Tuesday or Thursday evenings next week are the only time I have free just now I'm afraid.
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby sprucea » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:26 am

Hey, sorry its taken me a while to respond I've been busy recently as well. Next Thursday would be perfect for me though I may have work in the afternoon. Also noticed there's an artist working group meeting on Wednesday. Anyone going to that? If I'm free I'll be there.

-Lucea
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby Martin » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:13 pm

I can probably come to the AF WG meeting for a bit but I need to be elsewhere by 8. It would be good if you could make it.
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby sprucea » Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:57 am

hey, i just got my schedule-i'm free on wednesday so ill be at the meeting for sure.
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby sprucea » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:58 pm

Unfortunatley I have to work tonight unexpectedly, I just got a call from my boss, so I can't make the meeting.
Either way, I want to get in there on Friday and/or this weekend to set up those curtains and get the ball rolling. I was wondering if there would be fabric for this in that room of curiosities (workshop), or else I will go buy some. Also, how can I access the money for the darkroom to buy light bulbs, fabric, safe light(?), etc. I'm thinking of going in on Friday (maybe do some sanding?) and going back on the weekend with the supplies.
Hope all is well.
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby Martin » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:45 pm

Okay. I can probably make an appearance at the meeting. I'm away Friday to Sunday so can't help then I'm afraid. If you buy anything just keep a receipt and you'll get paid back ASAP, or if you need money up front just let me know.

If you want help then someone else just got in touch, see: viewtopic.php?f=73&t=7050
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby caim » Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:38 pm

Hi guys,
If there is anything, anything at all I can do, please let me know through this forum, I am free this weekend so, just tell me when to go and where. Lucea said she has to buy some stuff, so I can at least help out with that :)

Have a nice weekend


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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby sprucea » Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:14 pm

hello!
I went in yesterday and chiseled the door down, so it shuts now!, and I also put up some curtains so the room is completely light tight. Next step is to resolve the safelight situation, which I think a couple of light bulbs will do a lot of justice, and running a test print. It seems like all the chemicals are there, though I'm not sure in what condition, but I guess this is what we will figure out. Hopefully I will be able to get those bulbs and run a test after Wednesday. Let me know if anyone's interested in coming along, and we can coordinate.
-Lucea
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby Oolong » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:43 pm

Yay!! Thanks Lucea. I'd love to come along and do a spot of test printing. Not sure what the safelight status is exactly?
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby Martin » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:50 pm

There is one safelight still working - the round one at the far end of the room - on which about half the area of the filter is taped up because the filter material is cracked.

So one could just about print now, but it would be sensible to sort out both safelights with new filter material - and the square one on the wall by the dryer needs a new bulb too.

Also, the electricians didn't wire the safelights up right when they redid things, so they're on separate switches which aren't controlled from the big easy-in-the-dark switch by the door. It would be good to rewire them correctly at some point, I could do that.
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby caim » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:33 pm

Yes, count with me as well. Just let us now the time and day you need us to be there :)
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby sprucea » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:39 pm

Alright, so all the the safe-lights are up and running. There is still an extra one which is missing the crucial red gel to make it darkroom safe, so if we could get one of those from somewhere then we'd really be in business. But otherwise its all ready to go. I'm planning on going in tomorrow to start printing and test out those chemicals. I'm not that familiar with Ilford, but from what's written on the wall I can figure it out. If anyone fancies coming in and helping out I'll be there, or give me a ring.
It would also be great if we could somehow get a little ventilation going in there, as I'm sure there are spores a plenty from the flood, and is good to have in a darkroom either way . So if this means installing a fan bringing air in from the outside world, or just buying/donating one that would be a good thing to think about.
Also I used the curtain that had separated the enlargers for the door, so Nicks said he would install some plywood there. Another thing to think about. Ok, thats all for now..
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby Martin » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:02 pm

Great stuff.

Last week's artist facilities meeting got pushed back a week to yesterday, not sure if you caught that. Anyway, I went along and gave an update on how things were going. People are glad to see the darkroom is getting back on track.

There was some discussion of how access to the room should work, given that users have to go through the workshop where there is some concern about safety of tools. General consensus was that there should be a list of authorised users, who can then sign the key out from the kitchen. I'll help you put this list together at the same time as we go about letting old users know things are back online.

When we're sure everything's working okay, it would be good to start thinking about running a beginners workshop at some point too. Anyone up for planning something like that?
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby sprucea » Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:59 pm

We went in yesterday and made a print! So the darkroom is officially running, however the Leitz enlarger seems to have a watermark on the inside of the lens which I couldn't figure out how to take care of. Also on the other enlarger there is a slot above the negative tray which lets light out from the light bulb directly behind it. I don't know if something goes in there, or its just a missing piece that needs to be covered up. So maybe you could take a look at them Martin, or anyone who is familiar with them? Also I'de like to know how the filters work on the Leitz, so if we could go in together and have a brief run down that would be great.
In terms of getting people in, that sounds like a good idea-having an authorized list. People are interested in starting to get in there so we should try to set it up asap. My friend and I would be open for doing a beginners workshop as well, so I will start thinking about that.
Let me know when your free if you're up for looking at that enlarger.
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby Martin » Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:58 pm

Great stuff!

I think the slot on the M370 BW enlarger is probably to slot a filter holder into, but we've never had the right bit to go in there and Fergus was just using it with a bit of tape over the hole.

As to the mark in the lens on the Leitz, that's a great shame as it always used to work fine. I guess some moisture got in while the room was flooded. I'll have a look at it. We might be able to strip the lens down and clean it.

How about meeting up on Tuesday evening?
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby sprucea » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:12 am

Tuesday sounds great. I'm free after five, so hows 5.15?
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby Martin » Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:51 pm

Perfect. See you there.

Anyone else who wants to get up to speed on any of the stuff in the darkroom, feel free to come along too.
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby Martin » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:35 pm

The Forest Artist Facilities working group is meeting on Wednesday at 7pm again, would be good if one of us could go along and report on where things stand with the darkroom. Lucea, are you around then?
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Re: Darkroom cleared up - work still to do - door won't shut!

Postby sprucea » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:47 pm

Yes, I can go, I'll be there for sure!
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